Just as I thought - you clearly didn't even understand what I implied in my post.Doesn't matter. Even if DX11 is a monumental leap from DX9 or even from DX10/10.1, that won't affect the adoption rate of developers and publishers. They aren't "technologists" like you and me. They are businessmen.
No problem, don't mention it Your post was rather a bit cryptic, so it's no surprise if I didn't understand you immediately.Just as I thought - you clearly didn't even understand what I implied in my post. Thanks for confirming it, though...
Perhaps you are right and nobody should be doing that. But there would be those who already have such a card and simply refrained from upgrading. In the OP's case, he is getting the card at a very significant discount. Not really the same as getting one at full price.We can revisit this in six months and see if anyone getting a high end ($500+) DX10 only card is still happy with their decision.
If this is the argument why DX11 will be mainstream faster, then no. It's not a developer problem that will limit DX11 being mainstream faster or not. It's that DX9 vs DX11 installations are heavily lopsided as of now. That's why two things have to happen first: DX11 cards keep selling out (very possible), or the next Xbox uses DX11 instead of the rumored DX12.DX11 is closer to the original DX10 than anything else. Learning curves have mostly been climbed at the developer level.
Now, this is a far better argument. If the devs/publishers think the extra work needed to utilize DX11 in a market of mostly DX9 just for extra marketing power is worth it, then yes. this is actually a great argument. From this point of view, it does make sense and definitely can help DX11 spread quickly. Again, it's not so much as the technical superiority of it, it's simply that it found a marketing value which made it great and can spur adoption.And finally, tesselation makes for very visible increases in image quality. Eye candy and screenshots sell games. Even if the main target is consoles being able to post jaw-dropping screenies from DX11-enhanced PC ports will sell more games.
Enjoy your new cardWell...I've always prided myself on being 7337 so I sold it for $500 and I'll be picking up a 5870 on ebay within the next 36 hours.
I do regret that I shan't be watercooling however...
Some great arguments. In the past progress has always progressed.
I believe it will be the same with DX11. Personally I think DX9 is dead. It has been pushed to its limits and imho all dx9 games look the same.